Recommended Jazz Guitar Listening – part 1

I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while now… A common question that students who are just getting into jazz ask is “who do I check out?” I usually just say, “Jim Hall!” but here’s a historical overview that I put together that’s a bit more comprehensive. This is just the way I see it. There’s certainly a lot more guys to check out so keep looking and listening! Clicking on the names will take you to their wiki or webpage.


Way back at the beginning (30’s and 40’s)

Django Reinhardt

Charlie Christian

From the 50’s

Barney Kessel

Tal Farlow

Jimmy Raney

Jim Hall

I might have to put a┬áseparate┬ápost together with a bunch of my favorite Jim Hall clips since his innovations spanned a number of decades and there’s so much great stuff! But here’s one of my favorites that displays how different his playing was compared to other guys in the 50’s.

In the next post … the 60’s and 70’s!